Category Archives: Krista Hendry

New Guidance Released: Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts

BY J.J. MESSNER*   Cet article est aussi disponible en français The Fund for Peace is delighted to announce the release of a new guidance handbook on Use of Security Forces: Assessing and Managing Risks and Impacts, published by the International Finance Corporation and co-authored with The Fund for Peace and Monkey Forest Consulting. This […]

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The MDGs: Paving the Way to Human Security

BY KRISTA HENDRY As we approach the last 500 days to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), I want to reflect upon what they actually mean for our work at The Fund for Peace. Our mission is to understand the underlying conditions of conflict in order to build practical solutions to address them with all […]

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Fragile States Index 2014: The Book

BY J.J. MESSNER, NATE HAKEN, KRISTA HENDRY, PATRICIA TAFT, KENDALL LAWRENCE, LAURA BRISARD, FELIPE UMANA The Fragile States Index, produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of […]

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From Failed to Fragile: Renaming the Index

BY KRISTA HENDRY Fragile States Index 2014 When the Failed States Index (FSI) was first published in 2005, the use of the term ‘”failed state” was designed to highlight and draw attention to the very real risk that people faced if their state failed to address the factors and conditions that we were measuring. While […]

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Morocco After the Arab Uprisings: Evolution Rather than Revolution

BY KRISTA HENDRY AND DR. RICARDO RENE LAREMONT* On September 27, 2013, The Fund for Peace hosted a Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C. on the future of Morocco in the context of the Arab Spring. The Roundtable discussion, which sought to elicit policy recommendations, was led by Dr. Ricardo René Larémont of SUNY Binghampton. In […]

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Greater Site and Community Security through Partnerships

BY KRISTA HENDRY The Fund for Peace Commentary This paper examines issues related to ensuring greater site and community security through collaborative efforts, focusing on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). It provides background on the VPs for those less aware of the initiative. It then discusses company and non-governmental organizations developing […]

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Security Sector Reform and the Private Sector: Bringing New Voices and Skills into the VPs

BY KRISTA HENDRY The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) were developed to address the issue of oil, gas and mining companies’ association with human rights abuses in relation to the provision of security. This was – and continues to be – particularly true when these companies are operating in remote, less governed […]

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Multidimensional Solutions: The Four D’s of Human Security

BY KRISTA HENDRY Tackling state fragility — once it has been identified by tools such as the Failed States Index (FSI) — is by no means a simple or straightforward task. Nor is it a one-dimensional task that can be undertaken alone. Building a state and society that protects human security requires a multifaceted strategy […]

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No State is an Island: The Importance of a Multisectoral Approach

BY KRISTA HENDRY In the 2013 Failed States Index (FSI), we call attention to the linkages between the underlying causes of state fragility. Essentially, no state is an island, and pressures in one state, no matter how seemingly isolated, often lead to wider destabilization. The pressures that can underlay and lead to conflict are normally […]

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Liberia: Mitigating Conflict through Responsible Resource Distribution and Management

BY KRISTA HENDRY AND GEORGE WAH WILLIAMS Over the past decade, the Liberian economy has rebounded from fourteen years of civil war. Its GDP has had measurable growth since 2004 and the African Development Bank predicts a growth rate of over 7% in 2013. This is in part due to financial and technical aid from […]

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Biden White House takes a wholistic approach towards #NationalSecurity, including a focus on #ClimateChange, #DemocraticValues, & #HumanRights. @patrickwquirk on why #FragileStates should be incorporated into the US policy agenda.

People who fled the violent rebellion in Central African Republic (CAR) wait for their identification process in the border town of Garoua Boulai, Cameroon January 7, 2021. Picture taken January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Joel Kouam

Why and how the National Security Strategy should address fragile states

Fragile states are less equipped to quell the spread of pandemics like COVID-19, more likely to be the source of violent conflict because of predatory...

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